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Jan 9, 2019

Former P.U.P. Foreign Ministers Say They Don’t Speak for the Party

Said Musa

It was truly a historic moment that played out at the Biltmore today; former P.U.P. Prime Minister Said Musa joined current U.D.P. Prime Minister Dean Barrow sharing the same stage and views on the I.C.J.  Absent from the stage was the sitting foreign minister, Wilfred Elrington; but he was in the room as his predecessors penned the declaration.  The only former foreign minister who was not present at today’s event was Eamon Courtenay.  Courtenay was asked to be part of the group of former foreign affairs ministers, but rejected the request. Courtenay says that today’s event was a publicity stunt, “a cheap circus,” and that “When I go to the circus I go to watch, not to be one of the circus acts.”  Courtenay told News Five that Belizeans are entitled to a properly resourced and balanced education campaign on this critically important issue.  Now, on Tuesday P.U.P. Leader John Briceño said that the former party foreign ministers do not speak for the P.U.P. on this issue. And today, Said Musa and Lisa Shoman made it clear that they were there not representing the P.U.P. in any form or fashion.


Said Musa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Some people are advocating that we should wait. Actually that is a position that my party is about to take, that really we should postponed the decision of the referendum date from April tenth to a later date. But I am not here today to speak for the P.U.P.  I am here today as a former Foreign Minister.”


Lisa Shoman

Lisa Shoman, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I do not speak for any political party on any issue and in particularly on this issue I have been adamant since the beginning that my position is a position held first and foremost because of how I feel and what I believe to be right for my country. I have absolutely no fear about political repercussion because happily I can tell you that even were I to have political aspirations, which I don’t at the moment, what is an always has been most important to me is not to be convenient but to be right when it comes to my country.”


Said Musa

“I am here as a former Foreign Minister first of all. Not as representing any political party. I am a P.U.P. and I will remain a P.U.P.  I want to make that absolutely clear. Among our discussion, the issue came up- well actually somebody has approached and said “wouldn’t you be following Dean Barrow, the Prime Minister, by sitting down in the same table with him on this issue?’ My answer is Prime Minister Dean is following me because we were the government before and we were the ones who took the decision to pursue this path on going to the I.C.J.”

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